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Corporal Punishment of Kids

Radio Q&A: 24 June 2012, Question 1

I answered a question on corporal punishment of kids on 24 June 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.

Is corporal punishment of children ever proper? The 2011 video of Judge William Adams beating his daughter raises the question of whether it's ever necessary or proper to physically discipline children. Does the age of the child matter, particularly given that you can't reason with younger children? Does the amount of force used matter? When does physical punishment violate the child's rights?

My Answer, In Brief: To force obedience on your weak and dependent children by violence is immoral and impractical.

Tags: Adult Children, Children, Corporal Punishment, Ethics, Honesty, Independence, Parenting, Punishment, Rights, Violence


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